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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How do the primitives mark women who have not produced a healthy baby during the season?

2. What is the youngest gravedigger tempted by, which he must resist?

3. Why is Bob Briggs in financial trouble?

4. Which scientist is leashed by a female baboon at the beginning of the screenplay?

5. Where is Cottonwood Ranch located?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the final scene of the film involving William Tallis' gravestone.

2. Why was Gandhi killed according to the narrator?

3. Why are the gravediggers robbing graves?

4. What commentary does the script narrator offer about joy (as described in a poem by Shelley) and the possibility of joy in the ape-mind?

5. How do Chief and Dr. Poole clash over books at Pershing Square?

6. What scientific reason does the script narrator give for the restrictive mating season of the primitives?

7. How does the Arch Vicar defend his religion's practices with respect to Dr. Poole's own religion?

8. Describe what occurs immediately preceding Dr. Poole's faint at the Purification Ceremonies.

9. According to the Arch Vicar, did Belial need the atomic bomb to assure the destruction of mankind?

10. What is the importance of where Tallis preferred to be buried?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The poetry of Percy Shelley is a crucial element in the novel. Examine the passages of Shelley's poetry engraved on William Tallis' gravestone. What does this poetry mean? Why was it chosen for the tombstone? What overall message should the reader take away from this poetry?

Essay Topic 2

Examine the character of William Tallis and the extent to which he is a surrogate or reflection of Huxley himself. Why is it important that he wrote the Ape and Essence screenplay? What is the significance of his gravestone, and the grave's location?

Essay Topic 3

Ape and Essence is structure with a narrative frame. Explain the nature of this narrative frame and what effect the "story-within-a-story" has on reader comprehension and interpretation of the events.

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